Hawley Collection shows industrial past of Sheffield at Kelham Island Museum

By Christopher Beach | 02 February 2010
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A photo of an industrial saw mechanism

A collection of more than 100,000 tools, photographs and films chronicling Sheffield's tool making industry since the 1950s is to be displayed in a Sheffield Museum for the first time thanks to a £595,000 lottery grant.

The collection was assembled throughout the working life of Sheffield retailer Ken Hawley, who began collecting the tools more than 50 years ago. The items, known as The Hawley Collection, will go on show in the new Hawley Gallery at the city's Kelham Island Museum.

The museum has been fully refurbished with four interconnected areas, giving visitors an enlightening journey through Sheffield's tool making heritage.

A black and white photo of a man from the 1950s

The collection was assembled through the working life of local retailer Ken Hawley

"This is the first time that the entire Hawley Collection has had a gallery to showing the full scope of the items," said John Hamshere, Chief Executive of Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust.

"We are delighted that the collection has relocated to Kelham Island. This is a fitting location for it to have as a permanent home."

The Hawley Collection at Kelham Island Museum opens to the public on March 17 2010.

For further information visit the Trust online.

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